TulsaKids Brings Home 18 Awards

The Parenting Media Association recognizes parenting publication excellence at its annual awards ceremony.



From left to right: Jill VanTrease, Diane Tritt Eaton, Tara Rittler, Claire Combs, Leslie Hoyt, Sheeba Atiqi, Julie Wenger Watson, Betty Casey.

As usual, I’m a little slow getting this out, but it’s never too late to show hard-working writers and photographers a little love and appreciation. TulsaKids would not have a magazine or a website without content, and, although I’m a little biased, our content is amazing. Apparently, the judges for the Parenting Media Association’s (PMA) annual awards, think so, too.

TulsaKids’ writers, photographers and bloggers were honored with a total of 18 wins at the annual Parenting Media Association banquet that concluded the annual PMA convention held in early March in St. Petersburg, Florida. I want to give a special shout-out to Tara Rittler, our web and social media editor, who won five awards. She’s kind of like the TulsaKids Olympian!

Some of you may have seen other parenting publications in cities such as Little Rock, Dallas, Nashville, Cincinnati, Portland, Austin, Los Angeles, New Orleans, San Francisco, Boston, New York City, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Indianapolis, Seattle…there are parenting publications (including electronic media) across the U.S. I’m always proud of Tulsa’s showing at the awards ceremony.

The PMA, a non-profit representing the family media market since 1988, received 560 entries for 2017 magazines and digital products. Prof. Reuben Stern of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism oversaw the judging.

We congratulate TulsaKids’ writers and photographers. Award winners included:

Sheeba Atiqi: Q & A Interview - silver; interior photography - gold
Leslie Hoyt: photographs on Single Page Design - gold
Diane Morrow-Kondos: Best Blogger - silver
Claire Combs: News Feature - bronze
Betty Casey: Profile - silver; News Feature - gold
Tara Rittler: Calendar of Events - silver; Best Blogger - gold; Best E-newsletter - gold; Special Section – Bronze; Best Use of Social Media - silver
Natalie Mikles: Family Fun - silver
Kiley Roberson: Column: Child Development & Parenting Issues - silver
Library Staff: Reviews - gold
Jill VanTrease: Humor - bronze
Diane Eaton: Travel Feature - silver
General Excellence: TulsaKids College Planner - silver

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Betty Casey has been editor of TulsaKids for over 20 years – her youngest child was 3-years-old when she started working for the magazine. She and her husband Wes have three young adult children. Betty’s blog ranges from writing about current issues or information of interest to local parents, reflecting on her life without kids at home, and posting a few recipes now and then. (Cooking and running are two or her favorite past-times.) Betty is the author/illustrator of three children’s books, "May Finds Her Way," "That is a Hat" and "The Prince of the Prairie" (The RoadRunner Press). She was named Blogger of the Year in 2014 by The Great Plains Journalism Awards, was a finalist in 2015 and won again in 2016. Most recently, she was named the 2017 News Blogger of the Year. She has also won numerous writing awards from the Parenting Media Association.

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